St Charles Dux awarded for 100% score in Cambridge English exam

2010-11-24 00:00

ST CHARLES dux Sidharth Singh (16) isn’t just top of his school, he’s top of the world too.

Sidharth, or Sid to his friends, placed sixth in English in University of Cambridge International Examinations written in 157 countries, which he and other St Charles pupils completed last year.

He scored 100% for the paper and recently received a Cambridge World Excellence Award.

But Sid, who has been top of his class since grade four, still enjoys the party scene and rave music, and believes balance is the name of the game.

He wrote his last matric paper last week — and it left him feeling down, not because he found biology challenging, but because it was his last day at school.

“It was very sad. It feels like I have been at St Charles all my life. I have developed close bonds and it is always hard to say goodbye,” he told The Witness.

Sid’s proud dad Ajith, an English teacher at Alexandra High School, said that although Sid academic achievements are frequent, this has not diminished their pride as parents.

“The proudest moment of my life was seeing him make a clean sweep and taking all those awards when he was named dux of his class this year,” said the proud dad.

However, Sid’s success has not been without effort.

“It’s not like I came first for every test or assessment. There were times this year when I was worried because I did not always have good days. I don’t believe there are many people who can cruise through high school without making an effort.”

However, this party-loving youth appears to have mastered the art of playing hard and working smart.

This is why he could party the night before an exam, provided he believed he had adequately prepared.

“I think the operative word is balance. If you start teetering towards one over the other then you’ll have a problem. My advice is to trust yourself. If you have mastered a concept, move your focus to another area. I saw some friends completely shut down because all their energy went to studying. Their minds were saturated to the point of frustration and that didn’t help.”

Sid will study medicine at the University of Cape Town next year.

He has his sights set on being a cardiothoracic surgeon.

“One year of sacrifice is all matric is. It is a long road, but it has an end to it. Keep your eye on the prize. Don’t be distracted. But enjoy life in your own way”.

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